* Carmen Beecher * Cindy Michaud * Carol Schiff * Denette Schweikert * Donna Vines * Mary Warnick * Kathy Garvey *Fay Picardi * Jean Thomas

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


There is a lovely lady surfing the internet and choosing to put the focus on other artisans.  Victoria Kloch of Paintslinging  has a fun and informative blog in which she showcases the efforts of others.  Last week, I was lucky enough to catch her attention.  Stop by Paintslinging and check out her blog...I know you will enjoy it.

In other fun news, Laine Lea has a "6 degrees" experience to share that proves what a small world the blogger scene really is.  I had a similar experience recently when I visited a blog in South Africa, clicked on a link and found myself reading a story about a Tennessee artist who was writing about a bird-watching area not 5 miles from my home.  Around the World in 90 Seconds!

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Help

The night before the Transformations Artist/Poet event, Cindy Michaud hosted a lovely dinner at her home. Donna Vines volunteered to help with everything, and she showed up in this lovely outfit, with her monogrammed vintage apron and her jewelry. (From left to right, Cindy, Donna, Bob) The Help was the best-dressed person there, and she did a great job with her usual good humor. Donna always keeps us laughing. Since Donna always writes us limericks, I dedicate this one to her:

You showed up in rhinestones and pearls
And your apron would swish and would swirl,
As the food you would pass,
And refilled every glass,
You're the best little Help in the World.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cartooning in 15 Minutes and Poetry Too!

Cape Canaveral Pen Women invite you to an afternoon of cartooning and poetry.

Satellite Beach Library
Saturday, April 24 at 1:30 pm

Free, kids welcome!

Carmen Beecher will showcase "Cartooning in 15 Minutes" at 1:30

Celebrate National Poetry Month and share a favorite poem, perhaps one you've written, during the "Open Mic" forum.

There will be a raffle which supports the Pen Women Student Scholarship Fund.

Meet Brevard Pen Women: Authors, Artists and Musicians. Books and original art works displayed will be for sale, signed the Author or Artist. Proceeds go to the Cape Canaveral Pen Women Scholarship Fund.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

At the Movies, 24x30

The Transformations event last night was a huge success. This is my painting, quite different from my usual, and for a full explanation, click here.

Friday, April 16, 2010


Saturday night, the 17th, is the big event, Transformations, and 12 artist-poet teams will reveal the results of our collaborations with unique poetry and art. Join us at the Brevard Art Museum at 7 pm for this innovative cultural happening!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Snowglobe Challenge

This is my response to Donna's Snowglobe Challenge. I was lucky enough to get San Francisco, one of the most beautiful cities on earth. These challenges are such fun, and the best part is when we all get together to see each other's paintings. We've done the Toothbrush, Egg, Swim Goggles, and others, and I can't wait to see what's next.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Another Snow Globe Challenge

Mary, our water colorist, presented me with her London snow globe painting when we were setting up for a plein air painting session at Ballard Park on the river. We were standing under some old oak trees near a gazebo, with a view of the boat yard. When she handed me the painting it made me realize how lucky we were to be living in such a beautiful area and to be living in a time when so many other beautiful places were available to visit.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Exhibit of Paintings by Mary and her students

The Strawbridge Art League, of which I am a member and from whom I have rented my studio for the last ten years, are sponsoring an exhibit of my paintings, and including works of my students.
The show will run from April 20th through June 7th at the Henegar Center for the Arts, 634 East New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, FL.
A reception will be held on Saturday, May 1st from 2-4 in the afternoon.
I am so honored and excited to be given this opportunity, and hope many people will come and share with me.

The painting shown is titled "Sailboat Race" and is a large watercolor of a race in Santa Cruz in which my daughter and her partner came in second.